You've probably seen the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. There have been weeks of unrest over police misconduct. One young man, Michael Brown, was killed by a police officer there, but this particular death is just the final straw. There have been years of harassment of black residents by police, and the killing of Michael Brown was the tipping point.
What you may not know is that part of the problem is voter turnout. Ferguson is more than two-thirds black. But the electorate – that is, the voters that elected the current city government of Ferguson – is majority white. This is because, like other minorities, black people largely do not turn out for non-presidential elections.
Black voters – and progressive voters in general – only come out every four years to vote for president. Conservative voters come out every two years, and senators and representatives, and mayors and city councilmen, are elected every two years. So along with the conservative congress at the national level, in many places like Ferguson we have a city government that is working against the interests of its own people.
DAPAC's job is to get progressive voters out to the polls for every election, and not just for president. In the past month, we have continued our comprehensive program to elect progressive Democrats who will defend women's right to choose, protect our natural environment, advance marriage equality, and grow the economy for average Americans. We have been relentless in our effort to organize a nationwide progressive movement, electing new progressive Democrats at every level of government.
You will find our latest newsletter here. It has a list of recently endorsed candidates, and news from previously-endorsed candidates that are now in office. It also has articles on what to do in Ferguson, and the bungling of foreign policy by Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham.
We need your help to find progressive voters and remind them to vote. Please consider making a donation of here, of whatever you can afford at this time. Together we can turn the tide against the politics of violence and repression, and reinvigorate the politics of hope and progress.
Thomas A. Cramer, President Democratic Advancement PAC
The summer has been super busy and productive. We have been scouring the races across the country looking for valuable candidates. Here is a list of the new candidates that we have added in the last month.
Martin O'Malley, MD Governor http://martinomalley.com/
Will Bronson, FL 17 http://www.bronson-for-congress.com/
Keith Ellison, MN 05 http://www.keithellison.org/
Kirsten Gillibrand, NY Senate http://www.kirstengillibrand.com/
Luis Gutierrez, IL 04
Jeff Markley, OR Senate http://www.jeffmerkley.com/
Tom Poetter, OH 08 http://www.poetterforcongress.com/
Gabriel Rothblatt, FL 08 http://gabrielrothblattforcongress.us/
Sharon Sund, MN 03 http://www.votesharonsund.com/
Elizabeth Warren, MA Senate http://elizabethwarren.com/
2014 could be a disastrous year for Democrats and progressives. President Obama's poll numbers are way down, even compared to 2010, when the Republicans staged their biggest pickup in Congress in 80 years. In mid-term elections, the voters tend to punish the president's party when they don't approve of the president. Experts are also projecting turnout to be very low, which heavily favors Republicans.
DAPAC is working hard to fight against these challenges. We are recruiting and endorsing exciting and dynamic candidates. We are helping them run better campaigns and raise more money. But we are running out of resources to recruit candidates and energize their campaigns. We can turn this around, but it is in your hands. We need your support in the next thirty days. You can donate here.
The January newsletter covers these topics:
the austere federal budget
the unjust minimum wage
our nationwide organizing plan beginning with Pennsylvania
why a Democratic President is not enough
I would like to take a moment to talk about a few of these.
First, our exciting efforts in Pennsylvania. Besides recruiting and endorsing campaigns all across the country, we have a specific campaign in Pennsylvania. We are working to overturn Republican control of all three branches of state government in Pennsylvania. We are building a permanent organization to reverse a partisan gerrymander, to take back 5 extra seats from Republicans in the US House. We are already endorsing and assisting several good strong progressives running in local races.
Late last year, a national campaign to raise the minimum wage erupted. The campaign Fight for Fifteen joined over two million supporters in a few weeks, in over 100 cities, and in over 200 demonstrations. Last year was a disaster for the poor, working class, and middle class people. 77% of people saw their income go down. They got hit with higher payroll taxes, and stagnating or declining wages. Don't let the higher-than-ever stock market fool you – for regular working people, the job market is dismal. Most people are making less than $15 per hour. People that make these wages are struggling, and cannot buy homes or send their kids to college. This restrains the economy in general, and thus restrains the economic potential of us all, rich or poor.
Back in the 1960s, I was able to work my way through college as a janitor during the summer. With the low minimum wage, rapidly rising college costs and lack of good paying jobs, today that would be impossible. Many people who support our organization are feeling this burden, helping children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews get through college. We have to invest in the American people again, or even those lucky enough to be able to go to college now will not have jobs when they graduate.
Progressive Democrats are winning the most rapidly-growing groups in America – youth and people of color. Fortunately, the demographics increasingly favor us. Unfortunately, these are the demographics that have the poorest voter turnout in years like this, with no presidential election. We can't sit this election out. We have to get our supporters to the polls on election day, or we will lose. Please look at the enclosed sheet stating specifically the values we and our candidates have pledged to support.
The bottom line is: Republicans are ahead. Fight back against selfishness and intolerance. Please donate here. Thank you for your continued support.